Spiced Butter Poached Shrimp

I love shrimp.  Once upon a time I only ate them fried, but now that I am older and wiser I like them grilled, baked, and boiled also. 

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While watching television the other night I saw a segment about a restaurant that poaches their shrimp in a spiced butter.  They did not say what the spices were, but the resulting shrimp looked wonderful!  I decided I could come up with my own spice mixture and give this method a dry.

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If you have not butter poached seafood before, may I say that you must try it?  I mean, come on … it’s butter!  You know it will be good, and these shrimp are spicy, rich, and oh so tender! 

Spiced Butter Poached Shrimp   Serves 4

32 shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt

Rinse the shrimp and dry with a towel.  Set aside.

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In a heavy skillet melt the butter over medium low heat with the onions and garlic.  Allow the butter to infuse for 5 min.

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Add the spices and hot sauce and stir to combine.  Increase the heat to medium.  When the butter begins to simmer add the shrimp.

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Cook the shrimp for 3-4 min then flip and cook on the other side for 2-3 min.  Remove the shrimp from the butter then strain the butter into a ramekin for dipping.

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Author: Kelly

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